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Govt to introduce helicopter service to boost tourism: Baseer Khan

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Srinagar: The tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir is set to “undergo sea change” with various tourist destinations in both Kashmir and Jammu regions getting helicopter services.

In a move meant to cater to high-end tourism in the UT, the government has also decided to launch Air Safari and Air rides over certain tourist locations including over Dal Lake and adjoining areas.

This was revealed during a meeting at Civil Secretariat here by Baseer Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor. The meeting was attended by Commissioner Civil Aviation, Secretary Tourism, Managing Director JKTDC, Director Tourism Kashmir and Director Finance, Civil Aviation, an official press release informed.

During the meeting, Khan said that the move will boost tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and add interesting experience to the visit of tourists. He added that the department is looking at helicopter services to build connectivity between important destinations and attract more visitors.

Advisor directed the officers to identify a few tourist destinations from both Jammu as well as Kashmir so that helicopter services could be started on pilot basis. Many places came up for discussion for introduction of helicopter services from both the provinces of Jammu and Kashmir, the press release informed.

Advisor directed the officers to do proper groundwork regarding the basic infrastructure and manpower required for the purpose. He directed the Tourism directors of Jammu and Kashmir to come up with the location details including other details for the proposed helicopter services.

Advisor also said that the whole exercise is meant to change the façade of travel and tourism in Jammu and Kashmir and will open up new tourist destinations at far-flung places. The Advisor said that the directions in this regard have already been given by the Lieutenant Governor for mapping out the tourist destinations for pressing in the helicopter services.

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